Results 101–120 of 2062 for speaker:Mr Emlyn Hooson

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Mutual and Balanced Force Reduction Talks (23 May 1978)

Mr Emlyn Hooson: Does not the attitude of the Soviet Union to date suggest that it is not keen on achieving arms reduction in Europe? Does not the Soviet Union's attitude towards the particularly strong tank forces on the eastern border of Western Europe indicate that the Soviet Union has no intention to negotiate on that matter?

Zaire (British Subjects) (22 May 1978)

Mr Emlyn Hooson: Will the hon. Gentleman direct his mind to the third point put to him by my right hon. Friend the Member for Roxburgh, Selkirk and Peebles (Mr. Steel): did not the absence of a news blackout make it much more difficult for the troops going in? Does not the evidence suggest that it materially affected the attitude of the insurgents, because they heard over the radio that paratroopers were...

Orders of the Day — Armed Forces (Pay) (22 May 1978)

Mr Emlyn Hooson: The case can be made on the right hon. Gentleman's own figures. In 1972 there was parity, but there was a loss of about 7·4 per cent. in about 15 months under the Conservatives.

Orders of the Day — Armed Forces (Pay) (22 May 1978)

Mr Emlyn Hooson: Is it not correct that under the last Conservative Government's pay policy there were no exceptions for the Armed Forces or anyone else? Are the Conservatives now suggesting that there should be exceptions to pay policy?

Orders of the Day — Armed Forces (Pay) (22 May 1978)

Mr Emlyn Hooson: I am sure that I speak for the whole House when I say how greatly we enjoyed hearing the hon.—and, may I add, gallant—Member for Huddersfield East (Mr. Mallalieu) on this important subject. He did well to explode the myth, which I hate as much as he does. Everyone who served during the last war, as the hon. Gentleman did so gallantly, knows perfectly well that it is pure myth that only...

Orders of the Day — Armed Forces (Pay) (22 May 1978)

Mr Emlyn Hooson: The righ hon. Gentleman, who takes up so much time on his own speeches and makes such a noise now, might at least spare me whilst I am making my speech. Under any pay policy—which, after all, is designed to safeguard the country's economy—productive industry tends, because of the very nature of bargaining within it, to have advantages which accrue to the public services only at times of...

Orders of the Day — Armed Forces (Pay) (22 May 1978)

Mr Emlyn Hooson: There were, and the right hon. Gentleman knows it.

Orders of the Day — Armed Forces (Pay) (22 May 1978)

Mr Emlyn Hooson: The truth is that it is easier for an Opposition to try to exploit the Services, as the Conservatives are doing now. When a Tory Party is in Opposition it is a better friend of the Services than when it is in power. Is it possible to restore the comparability of pay in the Armed Services before 1980. That is the issue before the House. Is it sensible from the point of view of the country to...

Orders of the Day — Armed Forces (Pay) (22 May 1978)

Mr Emlyn Hooson: In the right hon. Gentleman's absence I described his speech as most mischievous. It fell far below his usual standard. I want to say this to his face, because he was not here when I began my speech. He gave me the impression that he was trying to exploit the Services politically for party purposes. I think that that is a shocking thing to do. The right hon. Gentleman was a supporter of the...

Orders of the Day — Armed Forces (Pay) (22 May 1978)

Mr Emlyn Hooson: There was, and these crises do not disappear overnight, as the hon. Gentleman knows perfectly well. I recently saw figures from the United States and learnt of the great concern there over the loss of skilled personnel from the Armed Services. Highly trained, technically highly skilled personnel are at a premium in industry. They are easily absorbed into and tempted away from the Armed...

Orders of the Day — Armed Forces (Pay) (22 May 1978)

Mr Emlyn Hooson: That is what the Government are doing with regard to the Review Body recommendations. Over what period it is to be implemented is a question that must rest with the Government. If the hon. Gentleman is saying that any Government—Conservative, Labour or whatever complexion—can implement these matters with regard to the economic state of the country, he is not living in a state of political...

Orders of the Day — Armed Forces (Pay) (22 May 1978)

Mr Emlyn Hooson: Will the hon. Member explain to the House how he would get free collective bargaining in the Armed Forces and what would happen if they did not agree?

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: National Health Service (15 May 1978)

Mr Emlyn Hooson: Does the Minister accept that one of the reasons for our high National Health Service expenditure in Wales lies in the fact that in many areas there is a pattern of ageing population? Does he realise that many people have moved to Wales in retirement and that the percentage of people over the ages of 60 and 65 is higher than in other parts of the United Kingdom? Has there been a survey on...

Orders of the Day — Wales Bill (9 May 1978)

Mr Emlyn Hooson: I could not help reflecting that the scope for disagreement obviously is there but it is far less than the scope for disagreement between the House and the EEC, which the right hon. Gentleman supported. Is not part of the development of modern government that when there is disagreement it should be settled by process? Such a process is laid down in the Bill.

Orders of the Day — Wales Bill (9 May 1978)

Mr Emlyn Hooson: Should not the right hon. and learned Gentleman go further and say that not only will the Assembly be subject to Whitehall but it will also be subject to this House, because under Clause 37(5) A statutory instrument made under this section that is, by the Secretary of State— shall be subject to annulment in pursuance of a resolution of either House of Parliament"? Therefore, the argument...

Orders of the Day — Wales Bill (9 May 1978)

Mr Emlyn Hooson: It is a matter of regret that my hon. Friend the Member for Cardigan (Mr. Howells) is not here to deliver this speech as he very much wanted to be, since he has assumed the main burden of the debate on behalf of the Liberal Party during the Committee and Report stages. The Bill has one merit which transcends all its other merits and demerits: it provides the people of Wales with a great...

Orders of the Day — Wales Bill (9 May 1978)

Mr Emlyn Hooson: I will give way to the hon. Gentleman presently. The wrong tactic made by many in this House is to try to kill the Bill at every point. Whenever the Bill has been in Committee on the Floor of the House its opponents have used virtually every debate as an opportunity for a Second Reading speech rather than trying to improve the Bill.

Orders of the Day — Wales Bill (9 May 1978)

Mr Emlyn Hooson: With great respect, I would exempt the right hon. and learned Gentleman from that general criticism, because he has protested and it is right that I should do so because he has been one of the few exceptions. But if the history of this Bill exemplifies anything it is the danger of having a Committee stage on the Floor of the House. It would have been far better for the Bill had it been...

Orders of the Day — Wales Bill (9 May 1978)

Mr Emlyn Hooson: The hon. Gentleman can make his point as he likes. I am saying that it is very dangerous in this House for hon. Members to approach a Bill which might govern the relationships of this House with the Assembly on the assumption that the Bill will never become law. That is the very dangerous assumption that Members have tended to make concerning this Bill and it would have been far better for...

Orders of the Day — Wales Bill (9 May 1978)

Mr Emlyn Hooson: I would basically disagree with the right hon. Gentleman. It is the duty of Members of this House, if they want to oppose the Bill, to vote against it on Second and Third Readings. That I perfectly well understand. But it was equally the duty of this House to try to ensure that the Bill, if it ever becomes law, is the best Bill we could have, and in that duty this House has certainly failed....


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